I react to such stress in one of two ways. I either want to don my T-shirt that is emblazoned with: "Ask me if I care", or I go into a hyper self critical meltdown.
However, in the midst of all this, I was blessed with the beauty of God's smile. The details are not important but, suffice to say, it was all the assurance I needed to help me refocus my energy and emerge affirmed by the incredible love of God. Even when we think we're hiding our feelings well, God always knows, and, in the mud, provides a glimpse of the stars.